Keep Paulding Beautiful
“The vision of Keep Paulding Beautiful is to create an atmosphere of cooperation and to lead by example in our community. KPB inspires and educates in order to show our neighbors that we live, play, and work in a community that is clean. We take pride in who we are and where we live. We as a community are better and stronger than we are as individuals. Our goal at KPB is to recognize and invite everyone to be a part of the ‘solution’ and not part of the ‘problem’. We want to lead the way to a better life for everyone in our community and litter affects everyone!”
1. Cleaning up litter costs US taxpayers and businesses $11.5 billion each year. That's money that could have been used to improve roads and communities.
2. Littering in and alongside the road causes traffic accidents. Each year, hundreds of people in the US are killed as a result of hitting or attempting to avoid motorist-created road debris and litter. Litter impacts your car insurance rates because each year thousands of auto accidents in the US are litter related.
3. Highly-littered areas experience more crime and reduced property values. Law enforcement experts say that litter sends a message to would-be criminals that you just don't care about your community. Lesser violations like littering easily pave the way to more serious crimes. Litter in your community also can reduce your property value by as much as 24 percent. Not a very good return on your investment.
4. Litter pollutes rivers, creeks, lakes, and streams. Rain carries litter on the ground into local waterways and eventually to oceans where worldwide 9 billion tons of litter winds up every year. Litter doesn't just disappear. Items like aluminum cans can last 100 years, and plastic bottles just might be around forever. So, at the current rate, how long will it take to completely fill the oceans?
5. Litter is a breeding ground for many germs and pathogens. It's hard to quantify how much that costs us in health care but discarded fast food wrappers are a magnet for mosquitos, flies, roaches, rats, and other animals which carry dangerous vector diseases and spread them directly or indirectly to humans.
The bottom line is if you litter, stop doing it. If we all would take a few minutes to properly dispose of trash, this one action multiplied by millions of people every day would create an enormous economic benefit for everyone. Just think how an extra $11.5 billion could be used for things that actually improve our lives.